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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 28, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  'furnish/J! RI  Repeat Yankees are champs again  Page Bl  Young musician Music from the heart  Page Cl  Hie outlook  Sunny to partly cloudy and warm; High 76, low 53  PageD6  j Popular place I People flock to | Dollar General in Carrollton  Page DI  l&HftMitiQHMVBi!  Vol. 164, No. 286 - 50 cents  Thursday, October 28, 1999   www.thetelegraph.com   Overdose victim s heirs sought  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - The hunt has begun for heirs of a Pontoon Beach woman who left her estate to the woman accused of killing her in 1992.  Attorneys involved in the probate case of the late Olive Marie Apponey, 86, agreed  Left estate to woman accused of killing her  Wednesday in Madison County Circuit Court to seek out potential heirs before proceeding with what is likely to be a hotly contested trial about the woman’s final will.  The search will not have to  go far. A Roxana woman and her sister — nieces of Apponey — filed claims on the estate in 1993 and still are interested in the case, one of them said Wednesday  The will in question names  Keith D. and Carolyn Sue Kramer of Pontoon Beach as the sole beneficiaries. They are the husband-and-wife neighbors who took Apponey into their care while she was recuperating from surgery to  repair a broken hip  Apponey died of a codeine drug overdose seven weeks after moving in with the couple. Eight days before her death, she signed a will naming the Krnmprs an henefiria-  rios, authorities said The will was filed in court July 22, 1992, one day after Apponey died, records show  Carolyn Kramer raised suspicions about the death when she talked to funeral directors about arrangements for Apponey three days before she  ■ See HEIRS, Page A11  '•'vv. r- T f'  f ■' * • »    '".J    J.-    s    4;2*.  Sc*    ■'.&-it'-    ‘MSP  it*.  ' * *'I W&* * -jj" -    <    ^    '    .  *  t  -A’J , /J Eli f*. I*.:    ■  »S <- '-4  I ...... t  A **  Field of flames threatens house  A farmer uses his tractor to dig up the earth and create a firebreak to stop a field fire Wednesday in the 5300 block of Moro Road in Meadowbrook. Firefighters from Meadowbrook, Bethalto, Holiday Shores and Dorsey battled the fires in fields of corn stubble and soybeans between Heartland and Kennedy drives for more than an hour before bringing the wind- swept flames under control. The fire, which created a huge plume of brown smoke visible from as far away as Alton, burned close to a house in the 5300 block but was stopped by firefighters using tankered water before it could reach the house. Firefighters from Rosewood Heights and East Alton assisted by manning the stations of fire departments who were at the scene.  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  Area/Illinois .........A3-9  Bulletin Board.........A6  Business .............DI  Classifieds ...........C8  Comics ..............D5  Editorial..............A4  Horoscope ...........D5  Nation&world A10.12  Obituaries ............A5  Coker, Day, Fairless, Callet, Hessenauer, Jenkins, Pickett, Tallman, Wilkerson  Scoreboard ...........B2  Stocks ...............D2  Television ............C4  Weather .............D6  New KFC to be ‘biggest, best’  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Kentucky Fried Chicken is planning to follow the old real estate adage, “location, location, location,” by moving to busy Homer Adams Parkway.  Work crews have removed the asphalt on a lot at 2994 Homer Adams Parkway near the new White Castle restaurant, with concrete footings expected to be poured Friday.  “This store will be the biggest and the best that Kentucky Fried Chicken has,” owner Curtis Burkemper said. “I plan to hire 25 more people, and we expect to do two and a half times the business we are doing here,” he said of his restaurant at 3125 Washington Ave.  Burkemper has had a franchise on the Alton restaurant for about 20 years.  ■ See KFC, Page A11  Restaurant reports case of hepatitis A  Pizza Hut warning is fifth in recent weeks  By CURTISS A. HARTLEY  For The Telegraph  EDWARDSVILLE — Another case of hepatitis A has shown up in the metropolitan St. Louis area — this time at a Pizza Hut restaurant in Granite City, health officials said Wednesday.  The Madison County Health Department put out an alert Wednesday afternoon recommending that anyone who may have eaten at the Pizza Hut at 9 Nameoki Village between Oct. 14 and 17 contact their physician to get a shot of immune globulin. The restaurant is for delivery and carryout only; it has no dining area.  A restaurant employee has been identified with hepatitis A, the statement from the Madison County Health Department said.  “Hepatitis A can be spread by close personal contact with, or eating food prepared by, an infected food handler who does not wash his or  ■ See HEPATITIS, Page A11  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH  The Rev. Virgil Mank, pastor of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Godfrey and former pastor of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Glen Carbon, has been named administrator for the Springfield Diocese.  Area pastor will temporarily lead Springfield Diocese  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  GODFREY — A college of consultors recently appointed the Rev. Virgil W. Mank, pastor of Godfrey’s St. Ambrose Parish, as administrator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield until the installation of the diocese’s new bishop.  Mank, known for work in parishes in Glen Carbon, Collinsville and Benld, among others, will oversee the day-to-day operation of the Springfield Diocese until Dec. 14, when Monsignor George J Lucas of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be installed as the'diocese’s new bishop. The Springfield Diocese includes 169 parishes in 28 counties in central Illinois.  The diocese’s college of consultors, an advisory body of priests, appointed Mank Friday. He took immediate possession of the administrator position upon making a profession of faith before the college.  “I was happy to be charged with the responsibility,” Mank said. “I am confident it can be done with the support of a lot of people and the  ■ See DIOCESE, Page A11   

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